'The Puppy Episode' is 'Ellen's' finest moment

Best bet

September 03, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

That rarest of rarities, a TV series episode that lived up to its hype, gets encored tonight on ABC.

"The Puppy Episode" of "Ellen" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2), has nothing to do with puppies, and everything to do with being very funny. It's the one where she falls in love with Laura Dern, announces to the world she's gay and is counseled by Oprah Winfrey. Atypically for this show, the writing is sharp, the performances (especially by star Ellen DeGeneres) perfectly tuned, the comedy never forced. Simply stated, it was the funniest show of the season, an accomplishment made even more impressive by the pressure everyone involved in it was under. If "The Puppy Episode" doesn't win an Emmy, it won't be because it doesn't deserve one.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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